Inés Domingo

Universitat de Barcelona


Inés is ICREA Research professor in the Section of Prehistory and Archaeology (Universitat de Barcelona) since 2010, and Vice-president of the World Archaeological Congress (2017-2020). Through her current and previous positions at the Universities of Valencia (Spain) and Flinders (Australia) she explores the ‘Archaeologies’ of rock art from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her performance in archaeology has earned her a number of academic awards and distinctions: Honorary Associate Researcher at the Dep. of Archaeology, Flinders University (Australia) since 2009; Blaze O’Connor memorial award (WAC, Jordan, 2013); Honorary appointment as guest professor at HeTao University (Inner Mongolia, China) (2010); Honorary Research Fellow of Inner Mongolia Rock Art Protection and Research Association, and Inner Mongolia Rock Art Research Academy (2010) and a PhD University Award (Premio extraordinario de doctorado) (2006).

Research interests

My current research explores both the scientific and heritage values of rock art. In Spain, I aim to advance our understanding of Postpalaeolithic rock art of Mediterranean Iberia (World Heritage since 1998), combining state of the art technologies, theories and methods and seeking interdisciplinary collaborations for physic and chemical analysis of pigments and rock surfaces, and digital rock art recording. Through the systematic analysis and decomposition of rock art panels and their contexts I intend to discover hidden clues providing insights into the past to answer questions of what, why, where, how, when and who produced this millenary legacy. In Australia I explore the social and territorial aspects of rock art from an ethno-archaeological perspective, working with Aboriginal people and Australian researchers in Arnhem Land. Combining both perspectives (archaeology and ethnography) I aim to develop a more critical theoretical framework to explore past and present rock art.

Selected publications

– Roman D & Domingo I 2017, ‘El final del Paleolítico superior en Castellón: un territorio clave para la comprensión del final del Pleistoceno en el Mediterráneo ibérico/The end of the Upper Palaeolithic in Castellón: a key territory to understand the end of the Pleistocene in Mediterranean Iberia’, Pyrenae, vol. 48 (1), pp 47-70.

– May SK, Taçon PSC, Wright D, Marshall M, Goldhahn J & Domingo I 2017, ‘The rock art of Madjedbebe (Malakunanja II)’. In David B, Taçon P, Delannoy JJ & Geneste JM (eds), The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia. Terra Australis Series 47, ANU, Canberra, pp. 87-107.

– May SK, Shine D, Wright D, Denham T, Taçon P, Marshall M, Domingo I, Prideaux F, Stephens S 2017, ‘The rock art of Ingaanjalwurr, Western Arnhem Land, Australia’. In David B, Taçon P, Delannoy JJ & Geneste JM  (eds), The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, Australia. Terra Australis Series 47, ANU, Canberra, pp. 53-68.

Domingo I 2017, ‘Inés Domingo Sanz’s tips for digitally drawing rock art’, In Burke H, Morrison M and Smith C The Archaeologist’s field handbook (Second Edition). Australia. Allen and Unwin.

Domingo I, Smith C & May SK 2017 ‘Etnoarqueologia y arte rupestre: potencial, perspectivas y ética‘, Complutum, 28 (2): 285-305.

Selected research activities

Session organizer at 23rd meeting EAA, Netherlands:

with Gallinaro, M. and Fiore, B. Mind the gap 2.0! Building bridges between science, heritage and society in the archaeology of rock art.

– with Gallinaro, M. Rock art is archaeology or it is nothing.

Conference papers:

– with Vendrell, M. A critical assessment of the potential and limitations of physicochemical analysis to advance knowledge on Levantine rock art. 23rd EAA, Netherlands.

with Smith, C.; Roman, D. & Jackson, G. Populations Expansion as a Replacement or Merging of Peoples: Insights from the Rock Art of Doria Gudaluk (Beswick Creek Cave), N.T., Australia. 82 SAA, Vancouver.